Welcome to International Hoof Care Week for Your Horse

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From January 21 until 24, International Hoof Care Week focuses on proactive hoof care education.

The Importance of Good Hoof Health and Care

International Hoof Care Week advocates regular and proactive hoof care to sidestep painful consequences. Consequences include but are not limited to: 

  • Toe injuries
  • Discomfort while standing Proactive Hoof Care is Essential for Horses
  • Cracks in the hoof and hoof wall
  • Sore and tender feet, foot diseases and infections
  • Thrush during the winter (from standing in mud and snow)
  • White line disease or seedy toe (caused by a keratin-digesting fungi)
  • Laminitis/founder (AKA road or grass founder); lameness from hoof pressure and pain caused by overfeeding
  • Soft tissue injuries including abscesses (from bacteria and fungi)

It’s important for the horse owner to be able to recognize hoof issues requiring professional attention. For more help on Common Hoof Problems and Solutions, click here for a Quick Guide. Keep reading to learn why healthy hooves contribute to an overall healthy horse.

Protect and Strengthen Horse's Hooves Year roundHealthy Horses Have Healthy Hooves

Strong, solid and healthy hooves are the foundation of a healthy horse. It’s vital to proactively protect and strengthen the equine hooves year-round. This helps avoid additional health issues, discomfort and pain for a horse.

Weak hooves can be an outcome of one of more of these 4 issues:

  1. Bad genes.
  2. An inherited or congenital issue.
  3. A nutritional imbalance.
  4. Unhygienic living conditions.

Proactive Hoof Care Basics

Prevention is always better when it comes to any kind of health care for the animals in our lives. Responsible hoof care involves five criticalFor Strong Hooves, Support the Keratin Layer areas:

  1. A nutritious diet with high-quality forage and grain.
  2. Appropriate nutrient supplements as recommended by your vet or farrier.
  3. Regular hoof moisturizing and conditioning to support/replace the outer layers of keratin for strong hooves.
  4. Regular trimming and/or shoeing.
  5. A clean and sanitary living environment.

“Sometimes, even with the best care, bacteria can work its way into the hoof and cause problems. Immediate farrier and veterinary attention can quickly resolve most issues, but the key is to prevent these conditions from developing.” (The American Farriers Journal)

Natural Equine Hoof Care

There are a variety of natural remedies that can proactively help protect and address common hoog issues. Always work with your veterinarian for a correct diagnosis before trying any new treatment.

  • Omega-3 Oil and Vitamins A and D
    • When used together, they actively promote tissue repair and the growth of healthy hooves.
  • Birch Bark Extract
    • Used for centuries in veterinarian (and human) medicine with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. The naturally pain-relieving component is called betulin (it gives the birch bark its white color) and provides relief for a variety of hoof ailments.
  • Biotin Supplements
    • Promotes good hoof growth and overall health.Soft Mash from Linseed Supports Good Hoof Care
  • Linseed Mash
    • Helpful with thrush, a soft mash poultice made from boiling linseeds (also known as flaxseeds). Spread the warm poultice over the hoof and wrap. 
  • Absorbine Veterinary Liniment
    • A blend of natural herbs and essential oils. Helps prevent, soothe and treat common hoof fungal and bacterial conditions (including thrush and white line disease).
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Use as a soak for thrush and abscesses. Use ¼ cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water.
  • Epsom Salts
    • Draws out infection in a horse’s foot. Use 2 cups per gallon of warm water. Soak the infected hoof twice daily for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the abscess begins to drain.

To learn more other DIY home remedies, click here to read Home Remedies for Hooves.

Follow what’s happening during International Hoof Care Week by using the hashtag, #InternationalHoofCareWeek on social media!

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Additional Reading:

Protect, Prevent and Strengthen with Hoof Doctor

The Equine Podiatry Association

American Association of Equine Practitioners

Make Your Own Horse Care Remedies

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Winter Dog Grooming Tips After a Walk in the Cold

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Winter Grooming Tips after a Walk with your dog
Dog walking during the winter months comes with different grooming challenges and needs. From dry skin to embedded dirt, burrs and even salt, it’s important to properly address these seasonal issues.

 

 

Welcome to International Dog Walking Month

Dogs Still Need Walks in WinterDespite the freezing temperatures, slippery, snowy conditions and cold winter winds, the canines of our lives still need to stay physically active with regular walks even if they are shorter. Physical activity not only helps our dogs stay happy and healthy but also helps them avoid risky K9 obesity and its related health issues. But winter also creates different dog grooming needs.

 

Winter Grooming Essentials

It’s important to stick to your dog’s regular grooming during winter months to keep their skin and fur healthy and well-protected. Colder weather stimulates more hair and coat growth from spending time in heat (inside) and outside in the colder winter weather. It’s critical to be just as thorough with grooming your dog as you are in the warmer months for your dog’s overall health, well-being and comfort.

 


“There’s a common misconception that dogs don’t need to be groomed, or only groomed minimally, over the winter months. Grooming over the winter months becomes even more important to the health of your dog than at any other time of the year. Long, wet, matted hair easily makes a cold, wet, and infection-susceptible dog.

(Alyssa Hill, DogTown Groomer, Best Friends Animal Society)


 

Keep Brushing Your DogProper Grooming Addresses Winter Dry Skin in Dogs

  • Cold and dry air outside exacerbates dry, chafed and itchy skin for our dogs.
  • Home heating also contributes to drying out and dehydrating the skin.
  • By regularly brushing your dog, naturals oils are stimulated and distributed throughout your K9’s coat keeping it well-conditioned and moisturized. (Try our EquiGroomer grooming tools!)
  • Regular brushing also helps your dog maintain the perfect temperature for his ultimate comfort.
  • Regular brushing helps remove dead and shedding hair thereby reducing matting. Mats in your dog’s fur compromise its natural insulating abilities.

 

Yes, You Can Bathe Fido in the Winter!

After a romp in the woods or the city, a warm bath is a perfect way to end your dog’s walk! You can still give your dog a bath in the winter months, just follow some common-sense rules.

  • Ensure the bathwater is warm – not hot – to avoid aggravating dry orWinter Dog Grooming Requires a Fully Dry Dog Coat itchy skin on your canine.
  • Thoroughly brush your dog before a bath to remove any tangles. Soap can be left behind in tangled hair and cause irritations. Tangles can also turn into mats when wet. Matted fur does not provide warmth in the cold and can create discomfort, pain and hot spots for your dog along with other skin problems.
  • Gently brush away as much dirt, burrs, ice, salt, sand and chemicals in your dog’s coat for a better bathing experience.
  • Use the EquiGroomer WaterWisk Pet Squeegee to ensure the removal of all excess soap and water from your dog’s coat.
  • Ensure your dog is completely dry before they go back outside so they do not become chilled and susceptible to potentially dangerous hypothermia. If your dog has a very thick coat, use a blow dryer (on a mild setting) to make sure your dog’s coat is completely dry.
  • Only use a dog-friendly, mild and non-drying shampoo with a nourishing conditioner for the best overall results for your pet’s coat.

To further address dry and flaky skin on your dog, give them a gentle massage using a dog-friendly moisturizer. It’s a wonderful way to bond with your dog while relaxing and grooming them at the same time!

Dog Massage Helps Winter Dry Skin

 


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The EquiGroomer WaterWisk is both effective and safe at removing water from even on bony areas like hips and legs. Made from cedar which is naturally water-resistant and mold-resistant. 

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Additional Reading:

Winter Grooming

15 Winter Care Tips for Your Dog

9 Winter Dog Grooming Tips and Reminders – Part 1

6 Grooming Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy During the Cold, Wet Months

The Importance of Winter Grooming: Follow Our Four Tips!

 

 

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Dry Winter Skin in Horses: 5 Powerful Herbs that Help

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Use Natural Herbs for Your Horse's Dry Winter Skin

Colder winter temperatures pose challenges for our horses, especially when it comes to dry skin. But before using pharmaceutical topicals, learn more about the natural herbs for soothing and healing your equine’s dry winter skin.

 

What Causes Dry Winter Skin in Horses?

Changes in weather can increase dry winter skin dryness in horses. Even coldBlankets Help Protect the Horse's Skin in Winter temperatures can cause moisture to evaporate from your horse’s skin leading to dry hair and skin. In addition, cold winter winds also cause the skin to become irritated, chapped and flaky.

To help avoid dry and irritated winter skin, keep your horse’s coat well-conditioned and protected with blankets and/or shelter from the harsh winter elements.

Other potential causes of dry winter skin include:

  • Allergies
  • Over Bathing
  • Poor Grooming
  • Diet & Dehydration
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Weakened Immune System

 

Why Herbal Skin Remedies?

Many natural herbs offer powerful skin-soothing and healing properties with rare side effects. Unlike many man-made products with artificial ingredients, colors and even preservatives potentially creating unwanted, negative side effects. Botanicals are known to naturally and gently soothe, cool and heal a variety of skin conditions (for both people and horses).


“With the explosion of interest in natural remedies in recent years, we have seen a leap in scientific investigations into how herbal skin remedies work for both us and our horses.” (Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD)


Natural herbs can gently protect – and promote – equine skin wellness.Herbs can Heal And Protect Dry Winter Skin in Horses Carefully chosen – and properly used – herbs and essential oils are powerful in soothing, nourishing and healing dry skin. They can also help alleviate the intense itchiness which often deteriorates into a never-ending cycle of inflammation and exacerbated itchiness.

Natural herbal remedies come in a variety of forms including:

  • Balms, Salves and Creams
  • Sprays
  • Ointments
  • Essential Oils

While dry skin is not life-threatening, it should never be ignored for your equine’s wellness and comfort. Just like with humans, the horse’s skin is the largest organ and its condition indicates your horse’s overall health.

 

5 Herbs to Relieve Dry and Irritated Winter Skin

The botanicals below possess a variety of naturally occurring properties to help reduce pain and soothe inflammation from dry skin and make your horse feel more comfortable. In addition, these herbs also promote natural and accelerated healing of the skin.

Aloe is Powerful for Healing Skin

Aloe

Calendula Soothes Horse's Dry Winter Skin

Calendula

Chickweed Heals Equine Dry Winter Skin

Chickweed

Comfrey Root Heals Dry Skin

Comfrey Root

Echinacea Heals and Soothes Dry Winter Skin

Echinacea


Make a Natural Aloe & Tea Tree Oil Spray for Your Horse

Mix water, aloe vera gel and tea tree oil; spray on dry, itchy skin.

(Source: Horse Home Remedies from DanceyQuarterHorses.com)


Essential Oils

Essential Oils are Natural Antimicrobials

 

These natural oils are distilled from leaves, flowers or woods. Many are also antimicrobial (topical disinfectants). But it’s important to remember that essential oils are also highly potent and can be irritating or even toxic if they are not properly diluted. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Warning: If you or your horse are pregnant (or could be), avoid using essential oils.

 

 

Recommendations

  • All herbal products should only be applied to a clean area. Test Herbal Products First on the Back of the Horse's Pastern
  • Botanically active chemicals may trigger allergic reactions especially for horses with sensitive skin. First test an herbal product on the skin at the back of the pastern (the leg area between the fetlock and the top of the hoof). Watch for any negative reactions for 24 hours before applying to the problem area.
  • Herbal remedies like aloe, comfrey, calendula and lavender stimulate healing and have a low risk of irritation.
  • Herbal remedies including mullein, yarrow and tea tree oil promote skin conditioning. Never use undiluted tea tree oil on your horse.
  • Store all herbal remedies in a cool place away from sunlight in lightproof containers.
  • Throw away opened botanical products after one year after purchase. (Sooner if there is a change in smell, color or texture.)
  • Herbal products still sealed in airtight containers and properly stored are good for up to two years.

Before using any herbal or botanical remedy or essential oils on your horse, work with your regular veterinarian or a holistic veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to protect your horse’s overall well-being, safety and wellness.


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The EquiGroomer products offer easy brushing with NO pulling or discomfort and removes only what needs to be removed.

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Additional Reading:

Herbs for Your Horse’s Skin

How to Eliminate Dandruff and Dry Skin in Your Horse’s Mane, Tail and Coat

Horse Home Remedies

Tea Tree Oil and Horses

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Because Dogs are for Life, Not Just for the Holidays

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Dogs are For Life, Not Just Holidays

Oh, those heart-tugging commercials encouraging giving pets as holiday gifts. But dogs are not just another package under the tree; dogs are for life!


The Reality of Giving Pets as Holiday Gifts

They may be one of the easiest gifts to buy, but sadly many of these holiday pets are given up once the holidays are over and life returns to normal leaving little time for a new dog or cat in the household.  But dogs are not just another wrapped Christmas gift; dogs are for life!


“Dog ownership is wonderful, and we aren’t saying don’t get a dog, we’re just asking that people are sure they are ready for the long-term commitment that comes with it.” 
Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust (UK) Chief Executive


The statistics show a peak in the first few months of the new year of people surrendering puppies – or other pets – they received as gifts over the holiday. Just like the new toys and gifts quickly forgotten and tossed aside, the excitement and interest over a new puppy or dog begins to fade and new owners are overwhelmed with the responsibility for that once-adorable canine or feline.

Dogs are for LifeClick here to watch the new ad from the UK Dogs Trust: “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas.”

6 Reasons Why Christmas Pets are a Bad Idea

Owning a Pet is a Family DecisionOwning a Pet Is a Family Decision

Having a pet is a family responsibility. So, it stands to reason that the decision should be made as a family because everyone will need to care for the new addition.

Impulse Buys are Usually a Bad Idea

We’ve all made impulse buys just to regret them later. Involving an innocent and helpless animal in an impulse buy is rarely a good idea.

Pets Should NOT be a Surprise

Pet ownership is a commitment and should be planned before a new pet comes home. This also includes preparing children to not view a pet as simply a new toy.

A Dog (or any pet) is a Lifetime Commitment

Pets represent a lifetime responsibility. Most pets live anywhere fromAll Pets are a Lifetime Commitment 10-20 years (and even longer). So, people should adopt their own pets when they are ready for the commitment with time, finances and training.

Even Cute Pets Turn Your World Upside Down

Life changes considerably with the addition of a pet. New schedules and routines need to be organized and followed day-in and day-out for the pet’s entire lifespan. There’s no holiday from taking care of your new dog or cat.

New Pets Should be Brought into a Calm Home

Holidays are hectic, busy and often stressful. This is not the time toNew Pets Need a Calm Home bring a new puppy, kitten or even older pet into the home. There are also additional risks for pets at the holidays including decorations, lights, candles, trees, strangers, rich foods and snacks and alcoholic drinks. Holidays can be just as overwhelming and stressful for pets especially in a brand-new home with people they have not bonded with.

Still Want to Gift a Pet? Do This Instead!Always Adopt Don't Shop

Give a gift certificate to a local shelter or rescue. This allows the recipient to properly prepare themselves, their life and home for pet ownership in advance.

They also get to choose the pet of their choice which best fits their lifestyle and expectations for a happy and successful adoption!

A Final Note

If you DO decide to go ahead with giving a pet as a holiday gift, please do not patronize irresponsible backyard breeders, puppy mills or pet stores. Adopt a pet from a local shelter or rescue and give them a second chance at a better life.



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Additional Reading:

Christmas Advert About Dogs Given as Gifts

True Dog Lovers Don’t Buy Puppies as Christmas Gifts

Why You Shouldn’t Give Pets as Gifts this Christmas

10 Reasons Why Not to Get a Puppy this Christmas

5 Reasons Not to Give a Pet as a Christmas Gift this Year

ISPCA Urges Public Not to Buy or Give Puppies as Presents for Christmas

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How to Keep Felines and Equines Safe This Winter!

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Keep Your Feline Safe in Winter

Welcome to the second part of keeping your pet healthy, happy and safe this winter!

This new post focuses on protecting the well-being of our cats and horses.

As we mentioned in our first blog (protecting dogs), our pets depend upon us to ensure their health, comfort and safety. Despite their fur coats, our pets are still challenged from the cold and wet of winter.

It’s critical to educate ourselves about the winter challenges for our pets. Keep reading to learn the tips for protecting both cats and horses during the winter months.

The Rules of Winter: Cats

Never leave your feline out all winterIf you allow your feline to roam outside during the winter months, always watch the time (keep it short) and monitor their reactions to the cold. Do not let them out during the coldest times of the day or night.

Domestic felines (as opposed to feral felines) do not have coats to adequately protect them in the winter months.

  • Never leave your family cat outside all winter (even with a shelter).
  • Frostbite: Cats are highly susceptible to frostbite on their ears, nose, tail and toes. Affected areas will be pale or bluish-white in color.Cats are very susceptible to frostbite! Immediately get your cat to your vet!
  • Hypothermia: If your feline begins to shiver outside, bring them inside immediately to prevent life-threatening hypothermia. Towel-dry them including paws and toes.

Other signs of hypothermia may include unusual anxiety; crying; or lethargy.

NOTE: If your cat does not stop shivering in a reasonable amount of time, call or take your cat to your veterinarian!

  • Paws & Toes: Check between the toes for frozen snow or ice, dirt orUse olive oil or petroleum jelly on kitty paws rock salt (you don’t want your cat licking any de-icing agents or chemicals). Also, check the paws for cracks and cuts. Massage moisturizing petroleum jelly or olive oil into your feline’s paws and between the toes.

 AVOID cortisone cream, tea tree oil or other essential oils on your cat’s paws without checking with your vet first!

  • Lean Protein: If your indoor cat spends regular time outside, feed them more lean protein.
  • Dry, Flaky and Itchy Skin: Add a small amount of olive to the food (less is more to avoid an upset stomach). Using a home humidifier can also help.
  • Holiday Risks: During the holidays, remember holly and mistletoe are toxic to cats (and dogs).

The Rules of Winter: Horses

  • Shelter: During the winter, horses need access to a barn; or at aHorses need shelter and dry blankets during winter minimum, a three-sided structure to protect themselves.
  • Horse Blankets: Well-fitted blankets keep horses warm and dry.
    • Blanket horses in potential rain, ice and/or freezing rain. But never put a blanket on a wet horse.
    • Body-clipped equines should be blanketed throughout the winter season.
    • Blankets should be used on very young/very old equines or those not yet acclimated to the cold.
    • Horses with a body condition score of three or less should always be blanketed.
  • Unfrozen Water: Ensure your horse’s access to unfrozen water. Horses need more water during the winter to prevent dehydrationHorses need more water during winter and colic.
    • Heated water buckets, water heaters or de-icers will keep water from freezing. The University of Minnesota recommends warm water between 45° and 65° F. (Snow and ice are not adequate sources for water.)

Use the Henneke Body Condition Scoring for your Horse

  • Winter Feeding: By feeding your horse more (even unlimited) forage, they will create more heat and efficiently regulate their body temperature.
  • Special Care: If your horse requires special care during the summer months, that same care needs to be continued through the winter.
  • Equine Skin Care: Horses are prone to skin problems during the winter including ringworm, lice and mites. To learn more, click here: The Horse, “Winter Skin Problems.
  • Hoof Care: Keep up routine hoof care during the winter; including:
    • Trimming: Every 6 to 12 weeks.
    • Daily Picking: To remove packed ice or snow.

Hoof care is still critical during winter months


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Winter’s cold and dry air can lead to dry and itchy skin for your pet. Regular grooming helps stimulate and distribute natural oils in their skin.

The EquiGroomer offers easy brushing with NO pulling, discomfort or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin.


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Additional Reading:

Five Ways to Protect Pets This Winter

Tips for Protecting Your Cat This Winter

Top 10 Winter Skin and Paw Care Tips

How to Care for a Cat’s Paws

Caring for Your Horse in the Winter

Tips to Protect Your Horse’s Skin in All Kinds of Weather

Winter Skin Problems

Under, Over, or Ideal (Henneke Body Condition Scoring Scale)

 

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Keep Your Pet Safe This Winter with These 5 Tips!

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Protect Your Horse During Winter

Winter is approaching which means fewer daylight hours, colder temperatures and stormy weather.
Are you ready to protect your pets from the challenges of winter?

Every pet depends upon their owners to ensure their health, safety and wellness, especially during the winter!

Winter Poses Unique Challenges for Pet Wellness

Protect Your Cat in WinterBy educating ourselves about the unique challenges of winter, including wet, stormy and freezing weather, pet owners can effectively keep their pet comfortable and safe while also preventing illness – or worse – for their beloved animal companion.

“It’s important to remember that, despite their fur coats, pets can suffer from the cold just like we do. So, it’s up to us to make sure we provide the extra care they need during colder weather.”

Nina Downing, Vet Nurse of the UK’s People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (or PDSA)

Unfortunately, our pets cannot vocalize how they are feeling, whether they are sick or even suffering (and most pets will try to hide sickness or pain). Keep reading about how to best prevent your canine friend from the dangers of winter!

(Our next blog post, at the end of November, will cover protecting both felines and equines.)

The Rules of Winter: Dogs

Despite the appearance of an impressive winter coat on many dogs, they still get wet and chilled. All dogs should always have access to insideProtect Your Dog During Winter shelter for warmth, safety, well-being and protection.

  1. NEVER Leave Dogs …

In cars, in the back of pickups or anywhere that is unheated in order to protect them from dangerous hypothermia.

  1. Use Coats & Boots

Is your dog very young or old? Are they sick? Or do they have a very thin coat of hair?

    • A well-fitted, waterproof coat can help protect dogs who are vulnerable.
    • Properly fitted dog boots can also be helpful in protecting tender paws.
  1. Maintain Regular Brushing

Maintain your dog’s regular brushing to help stimulate and distribute natural oils to combat your pet’s dry and itchy skin from winter’s cold and dry air.

  1. Limit Time Outside

Dogs will still need daily walks but never keep them outside for long periods of time. Even the hardiest canine who loves the snow canDog Paws Are Sensitive to Snow suffer negative effects from extended exposure to snow, ice and plummeting temperatures. It’s better to go out more often for shorter lengths of time. If your dog begins regularly lifting his paw(s), it’s time to go inside, warm up and check his paws.

  1. After Being Outside

After coming inside, immediately:

    • Towel-dry a wet dog (or cat).
    • If they have longer hair, use a blow-dryer (on a LOW setting at a comfortable distance) to get them completely dry.
    • Carefully check their paws (especially between the toes) and remove any:
      • Frozen snow/ice
      • Commercial ice melt products
      • Salt
      • Grit or dirt

These can cause unwanted friction and subsequent pain for your dog. You also do not want your dog licking/ingesting any of the causticitems.

    • Gently massage paws (and between the toes) with a pet-friendly and food-grade wax or balm to heal – and protect – cracked pads and irritated skin. (You can also use this in hot weather.) Use on cracked noses for additional protection too!

Protect Dogs Paws and Noses this Winter


Want to make your own Paw Wax with healthy and safe ingredients?

Watch the DIY video from Rodney Habib here

 ~ OR ~

 Use the homemade Paw Balm recipe for dogs from Christina Walker

on her Everyday Dog Mom blog!


REMINDER: Come back for our next blog post, at the end of November,

to learn the best winter tips for protecting both cats and horses.


 Remember regular grooming is important even during winter months!

Winter’s cold and dry air can lead to dry and itchy skin for your pet. Regular grooming helps stimulate and distribute natural oils in their skin.

The EquiGroomer offers easy brushing with NO pulling, discomfort or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin.

Get $5 Off our Gift Bags for the Holidays

Buy A Gift Bag for Your Cat

Buy a Gift Bag for Your Dog


The EquiGroomer gift bag is the perfect holiday gift for the pets 
and pet lovers in your life!

(Just click on an image to order – cat or dog.)

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

Keeping Pets Safe and Healthy Over Winter

Keep Your Furry Friends Safe with These 9 Winter Pet Safety Tips

12 Coziest Dog Coats for Winter

Caring for Your Horse in the Winter

 

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National Pet Wellness Month … Make it Last All Year!

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The wellness of the animals in our lives depends upon us. Every October is National Pet Wellness Month, but pet wellness lasts long beyond the month of October!

Happy pets enjoy optimal well-being, health and comfort. Throughout all the stages of their lives, our pets depend upon us to ensure not only their best daily care but proactive care as well.

 

The Stages of Aging

By the age of seven, dogs are considered seniors.Each stage of your pet’s life has its own requirements for well-being. The needs of a puppy, kitten or foal will be different from an adult or senior. So, it’s important to focus on the specific wellness needs and effective preventative care for their age, breed, health history and potential aging challenges.

“By the age of two, most dogs and cats have already reached adulthood.

By the time they reach age four, they’re considered middle-aged.

At the age of seven, many dogs have already started their senior years.

— American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Horses enjoy a much longer life span reaching adulthood around 5, middle-age by the age of 13 and are considered seniors around the age of 20. (Source: Equine Resources International)

Annual Proactive Pet Wellness

Your pet’s overall well-being and preventative care should regularly include the following 3 areas with your veterinarian’s support.

 Wellness Exams

  • Annual: Wellness exams every year for younger dogs and cats.
  • Bi-Annual: Six-month wellness exams for senior pets: Equines need bi-annual wellness exams.
    • Cats: Around 8-10 years old
    • Dogs: Around 6-8 years of life (larger breed K9s age faster)
    • Horses: Along with routine vaccinations in the spring and fall
  • Your pet’s healthy weight helps ward off serious health conditions like:
    • Diabetes;
    • Osteoarthritis;
    • Chronic inflammation; and
    • Other potential issues and diseases.
  • Vaccinations including core (yearly) and non-core inoculations.
  • Parasite Prevention (external and internal):
    • Ticks & Fleas
    • Heartworms
    • Worms
  • Spaying and Neutering

Dental Exams

Chronic dental disease can create and spread inflammation throughout your pet’s body creating other health challenges. Maintaining good oral hygiene minimizes the formation of tartar, plaque and gingivitis and in turn, additional inflammation in the body. While 1 in 3 pet owners assume bad breath is “normal” for their pet, the reality is it’s a sign of potentially painful and harmful oral disease. (Source: YourHomeTownVet.com)

Blood and Lab Work Baselines help monitor your pet's health.

Blood and lab work done on younger pets helps establish a baseline or “normal” for your pet. Later changes in their health or potential disease can then be easily detected and proactively addressed.

Daily Wellness Care Practices

Between the recommended annual and bi-annual pet wellness needs, daily pet wellness includes:

  • Regular exercise (appropriate for the age, breed and health history);
  • High-quality nutrition (based on the breed, age and level of activity);
  • Consistent grooming (including teeth brushing);
  • Effective pet identification (tags, microchips and tattoos); and
  • Quality, one-on-one time.Always work with your vet for your pet's best well-being.

Regular and proactive wellness care helps ensure a healthier and longer lifespan for your pet while ensuring their best quality of life and comfort. But it also helps you, the owner, better manage healthcare costs by proactively addressing and preventing potential and costly health issues.

If you’re unsure about:

  • How much daily exercise your pet needs;
  • The nutritional needs for your pet; or
  • Any other aspect of their regular well-being;

talk to your veterinarian to set up an appropriate well-being plan to address your pet’s needs for a happy and healthy life throughout the entire year! 

 


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Remember, regular grooming is important for your pet’s optimum wellness!

Finding and using the right tool, like the EquiGroomer products, will help make the experience easier, gentler and stress-free for both you and your pet!

 Try our EquiGroomer for easy brushing with NO pulling, discomfort or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin.

Also, add our WaterWisk Pet Squeegee and Sweat Scraper to your

pet’s bathing routine!

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For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

October is National Pet Wellness Month (AVMA)

October is National Pet Wellness Month

Annual Wellness Exams for Horses

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The 10 Essential Basics of Pet Grooming

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Regular pet grooming is a wonderful and natural experience which not only cares for their coat, but also serves as a powerful bonding experience between you and your pet.

Grooming is so much more than a show-worthy coat.

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Our canines, felines, equines, rabbits (and other pets) depend upon us fortheir best possible life. A vital part of caring for their overall health includes regular grooming to maintain their overall comfort with healthy skin, a shiny and soft coat and new hair growth between bathing.

The Essentials of Grooming: Brushing

“One of the first indications that all is not well inside is a change of hair coat and skin. Also check for lumps, bumps, and overall body condition.” (Bernadine Cruz, DVM)

Brushing your pet’s coat several times a week or more offers many physical and mental benefits.

  1. Proper and consistent brushing helps cut down on Rabbits Need Regular Brushinghairballs for cats (as well as rabbits and yes, even some dogs!).
  2. Did you know that a kitty’s skin is much thinner and more sensitive to tangles and mats? In fact, out of control mats can hinder your cat from properly resting or even lying down in some positions without discomfort and pain. (A rabbit’s skin is also quite sensitive and fragile.)
  3. Brushing removes loose hair, dust, mud, dirt and dander.
  4. Brushing helps reduce shedding.
  5. Brushing helps distribute essential natural skin oils throughout the pet’s coat.
  6. Brushing your horse before riding will remove any grit that could cause saddle or girth sores.
  7. Brushing offers the opportunity to catch potential health issues like:
    • Skin issues including infections, irritations and/or inflammationsEven Cats Love the EquiGroomer
    • Lumps and bumps
    • Injuries
    • Matted and/or tangled hair
    • Burrs
    • Ticks, Mites, Fleas and “flea dirt” (aka flea poop)
  8. Removing old hair keeps your dog cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with a new insulating undercoat.
  9. Brushing helps reduce human allergies to dander.
  10. Brushing relaxes both you and your pet with this wonderful bonding routine. It also helps reduce stress (yours and theirs).

Brushing Different Types of Coats

Double-Coats:

  • Breeds:  Akita, Alaskan and Siberian Husky, Malamute, American Eskimo, Chow, Collies, Keeshonden, Beagles, Korean Jindo,Groom Your K9 With EquiGroomer Pomeranian, Corgi, Puli, Leonberger, Golden Retriever and Shiba Inu
  • Beneath the top layer of long hair is a soft downy undercoat which acts as insulation in both cold and hot months.
  • The down undercoat can mat and tangle if not regularly maintained. An unmanaged undercoat can also cause your dog to overheat.

Silky-Coats:

  • Breeds: Afghan Hounds, Yorkies, Setters, Cockers, Pekingese and Maltese
  • Tangles and mats in these breeds are common without constant brushing.

Curly & Wiry Coats:

  • Breeds: Schnauzer, Dachshund, Poodle, Bichon and Terrier
  • These coats require regular brushing to stop mats from developing.
  • Coats need to be hand-stripped twice a year or regularly clipped.

Shorthaired Coats:

  • Breeds: American Foxhound, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Terrier, Basset Hound, Basenji, Coonhound, Bloodhound, Lab and Pug
  • Coats require weekly grooming to keep the skin and coat in its optimum condition.

Dogs Love Being Groomed by the EquiGroomerRegular brushing is an essential part of your pet’s overall hygiene, health, comfort and happiness.

Also, finding and using the right tool, like the EquiGroomer products, will help make the experience easier, gentler and stress-free for both you and your pet!


EquiGroomer, A Grooming Tool for Horses, Dogs, Cats, Other Pets and Livestock!

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 More than a shedding blade, it gently grabs dead, loose & shedding hair by the ends.

Which means NO pulling, discomfort or damage to your pet’s topcoat or skin!


Try These Grooming Tools:

EquiGroomer Groomer's 10-piece kit

EquiGroomer (In 5-inch and 9-inch sizes)

WaterWisk Pet Squeegee/Sweat Scraper (In 5-inch and 7-inch sizes)

For individual or bulk orders, call 860-573-0604 or click here to send us an email.


Additional Reading:

Pet Care: Why Grooming is Important

Why Grooming Your Dog Is Great for His Health

7 Reasons Why You Should Brush Your Dog’s Coat on a Regular Basis

How to Groom a Rabbit (Complete Brushing Guide)

How to Groom Your Horse

 

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All images are the courtesy of EquiGroomer.